Sara Nordin joined the global international trade practice group of White & Case in 2008, and is currently based in the Firm's Brussels office after spending some time in the Hong Kong and Geneva offices.
Sara's practice focuses on trade compliance in the areas of sanctions, export controls, customs law, and import/product regulation. She has unique experience working on international trade and customs matters in both the United States and the EU, as well as Asia, and specializes in advising a broad range of multinational or sovereign clients on various trade compliance and supply chain issues.
Focusing mainly on EU and UK trade compliance, Sara co-leads the EU and UK specialist export controls and sanctions teams. Sara regularly advises multinational institutions and corporations on a wide range of matters relating to relevant EU law and policy, and Member State or UK enforcement, for trade and investment restrictions towards various third countries (such as Ukraine/Russia, Iran and Syria), including in the context of diligence reviews, contract negotiations and development of compliance programs. She also provides a broad perspective on sanctions and export control matters, working closely with the US sanctions team in the Firm’s Washington D.C. office to give sanctions and export compliance advice to both US and non-US clients.
More broadly with respect to EU and US trade and customs law, Sara has expertise relating to a wide range of issues concerning classification, origin, valuation, marking, entry procedures, preferential trade regimes and security standards. She has advised clients supplying goods and services on the EU and US markets on various aspects of environmental regulations, regulatory compliance, product safety standards (including GMO regulation in the EU and its Member States) and intellectual property regimes (including Geographical Indications), as well as safeguard, antidumping and countervailing duty issues. Sara also provides regular advice on various trade, customs and institutional matters in relation to existing EU and US free trade agreements, as well as free trade agreements under EU negotiation.
Sara has represented clients before the CIT, ITC and other US government entities, as well as the European Commission and competent Member State authorities for sanctions and export control licensing and enforcement. She also has experience working on wider trade issues such as general competition law, and private investment or public procurement rules.
Prior to joining White & Case, Sara worked for a New York law firm, specializing in international trade litigation and customs compliance matters. She has also worked as a trainee with the Trade Directorate-General of the European Commission.
"The fight against forced labor in supply chains: How to stay compliant in the US, EU and UK," co-sponsored by Lexology, March 30, 2023, Webinar
"EU Restrictive Measures" in The Guide to Sanctions, Global Investigations Review, August 2020 (with Genevra Forwood, Matthias Vangenechten and Fabienne Vermeeren)
CJEU Judgment in BSkyB and Pace Cases on Customs Classification of Set-Top Boxes, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 6, Issue 9, 2011
Swedish Competition Authority argues for improvements to legal framework for re-use of public sector information (PSI) for commercial purposes, e-Competitions Bulletin, January 2010-II
Swedish Competition Authority declares its new policy for prioritization of competition and procurement cases, e-Competitions Bulletin, March 2010-II
International Trade Review 2006: Cases under 28 U.S.C. § 1581(a), 38 GEO. J. INT'L L. 11